Lightning Over Water
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Lightning Over Water is a penetrating documentary of the last days of cult film director Nicholas Ray. The film was lovingly assembled by Wim Wenders, whose idolatry of Ray is obvious in virtually every frame of his own work. Dying slowly of cancer, Ray reflects on a lifetime of accomplishments, failures and compromises, with plenty of screen time given over to his reminiscences of Joan Crawford, James Dean and others who appeared in his films. Most of the film was lensed in Ray's modest New York City loft, a sharp and poignant contrast to the comparative luxury of his Hollywood years.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even with its painful contradictions and discomfitures, it's that current rarity: one for the heart."
‑ , Time Out
"A poignant and often painful film in which Wenders and the terminally ill Ray attempt to make a film together in the last days before Ray's death in 1979."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It is obviously a sincere homage from a younger director to the older man, but it remains dubious and smacks of exploitation."
‑ , Film4
"Lightning Over Water is chaotic, emotionally and esthetically."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Unquestionably the worst movie of Wim Wenders' career and indeed one of the worst movies ever made..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's a fitting heartfelt tribute to Ray."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wenders adds in some cruddy early-80s video from time to time, and the film is an odd mixture of powerful emotions and rambling nothingness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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